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Bring life-changing legal help to Californians in need.

He didn’t want to miss the bus

Meet Joe Casey – Justice Bus Rider extraordinaire

He’s traveled over 800 miles to reach those in need.

Joe at a 2013 Justice Bus clinic.

We would never leave you off the bus, Joe!

No doubt about it – we think all of our Justice Bus Riders are pretty darn special.  All 1,312 of them!

They travel hundreds of miles to bring life-changing legal help to rural communities.  They give so generously of their time, energy, and skills to help poor Californians facing terrible legal problems.  They are the solution to the lack of legal assistance for hundreds of veterans, children, families, and seniors each year.

As a result, we have a special place in our hearts for these volunteers – we call them our “Justice Bus Riders.”  We think they are justice super heroes.

So we’ve decided that we will feature some extraordinary Justice Bus Riders here on the blog – so you can also get to know them.  We’re starting with a true Justice Bus hero – Joe Casey.    Joe, who will be starting this fall as a new associate at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, has been on SIX justice bus trips – all during his three years as a student at Stanford Law School.  He went on four trips with Stanford and two trips with law firms during his summers.  He has traveled over 800 miles on these trips to reach communities like Watsonville, Modesto, and Gilroy.

We sat down with Joe recently to ask him some questions about being a Justice Bus Rider extraordinaire.

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Joe, tell us about one of the clients you were able to help during your Justice Bus Trips?

Joe on the Justice Bus (on his way to assist rural seniors in 2012).

Helping a retiree prepare his will was a very satisfying experience. He was preparing for surgery and was visibly relieved to get his affairs in order. He was extremely appreciative for the assistance, and I was very thankful that OneJustice made the trip possible.

What’s the strangest or funniest thing you have witnessed on a Justice Bus Trip?

Sometimes, eager students can almost be a bit too earnest. For example, certain immigration forms require asking applicants questions like whether or not they have ever been “habitual drunkards.” I remember one client looking a student in the eye and asking whether or not having a few drinks a week makes him a “habitual drunkard.” Other questions on the immigration form relate to willingness to bear arms on behalf of the United States and affiliation with the Communist Party. I couldn’t find a single client who could answer these questions without breaking into laughter.

What motivates you to do pro bono work and why do you volunteer with the Justice Bus Project?
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Our amateur rendering of Mike Winn as a rural justice super hero!

There is a serious justice gap in California. While Silicon Valley is very prosperous and has a glut of legal services, lawyers are hard to come by across large swaths of our state. The gross disparity in legal resources as seen through the lens of geography convinced me that the Justice Bus is an effective means of ensuring that people who don’t live near thriving economic and legal centers can also receive the legal aid they need.

What fictional social justice hero do you most admire and why?

I think my favorite fictional social justice hero has got to be OneJustice’s own Michael Winn. I just imagine Mike slipping off into the Canadian woods under the cloak of nightfall, notebook in hand after a hearty steak dinner, looking for injustices he can help to right. (Note: You have to have heard one of Mike’s inspiring speeches to the Justice Bus riders to fully understand that reference.) Seriously, you might consider creating a OneJustice comic book presenting (lightly fictionalized) accounts of real iniquities that the OneJustice team has helped to set right. And in the comics, the OneJustice team could have their own (magical, justice-seeking, flying) bus!

Thank you, Joe, for your years of participation in the Justice Bus Project – we look forward to many more years of working together to bring life-changing legal help to those in need!

Q: Where can you find both crock-pot chefs and avid road cyclists?

A: At OneJustice!

Please extend a warm welcome to our new team members: Fred & Megan

We’re excited to introduce you to the newest members of the OneJustice team! Please join us in extending a warm welcome to Fred Sahakian, Operations Manager, and Megan Kent, our new Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow, who is part of the national Veterans Legal Corps. We would have loved to take pictures of them in their Halloween costumes – but we’ll have to wait until our Halloween party to discover their alternate identities!

We asked them some questions to get to know them better, and we figured you’d like to meet them, too.

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So Fred, tell us what drew you to work of OneJustice?

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Fred Sahakian, Crock-Pot Cooking Specialist (and our new Operations Manager)

I was very excited about the opportunity to work at OneJustice.  The programs we offer make significant positive impacts in the lives of Californians, and the results can be seen quickly.  I was also interested in being part of an entrepreneurial organization that finds new and improved ways of addressing the challenges of equal justice.

What is your job portfolio at OneJustice?

I will be responsible for our operations management, which includes: our finances, human resources, facilities, and information technology. I have worked in both direct and indirect client services, so I know how important it is to have operations and support working smoothly. I am passionate about policy and administration and hope to help even more Californians in need.

What did you do before coming to OneJustice?

Before coming to OneJustice, most of my career was spent within the New York State Courts.  I began my public service as a paralegal with the Legal Aid Society and worked with law guardians who represented neglected and abused children.  At the same time, I was a union representative, which ignited my passion for public policy and administration.  I decided to pursue a career in government and non-profit management and accepted a position with the New York State Office of Court Administration.  Over the course of 13 years, I worked my way up from an administrative assistant to developing and managing a new innovative department dedicated to improving statewide agency operations.

And not to pry, but tell us something a little quirky about yourself!

I recently discovered crock-pot cooking and am having fun trying new recipes, especially baby back ribs.

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And Megan, what led you to the OneJustice Fellowship?

I was drawn to OneJustice because of our commitment to the “Access to Justice” movement. It is critical that our society find innovative ways to address systemic issues that affect low-income and under served populations. All of OneJustice’s programs do just that–both by developing programs to meet unmet legal needs in rural areas and by supporting other non-profit legal services organizations that form part of the “Access to Justice” movement. I am very excited to join such a great organization!

Megan, our new Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow, Veterans Corp

Megan, Serious Cyclist & Bike Owner (and our new Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow, Veterans Legal Corps)

Tell us about your position at OneJustice; what will you be working on?

As an Equal Justice Works Americorps Legal Fellow, I’ll be responsible for the Justice Bus Project in Southern California, including a strong focus on bringing  life-changing legal help to veterans in rural areas. I hope to build on the excellent work of my predecessors by continuing to expand the SoCal program while at the same time providing high quality legal services to isolated communities throughout the area.

What was your career path that led to OneJustice?

I graduated from Lewis & Clark law school in May. While in law school, I focused on public interest legal advocacy and impact litigation. I advocated on behalf of farmworkers, worked extensively on impact litigation issues within the field of immigration law, and worked with civil rights attorneys to uphold state and federal civil rights laws. Prior to law school, I served as a social worker and educator to address a myriad of social justice issues. For example, I worked with families at an abuse and neglect prevention and intervention non-profit, and then later advocated on behalf of survivors of human trafficking. I’m thrilled to join the OneJustice team in order to continue to address social justice issues within the legal system!

And tell us something about that you is not work-related!

I am an avid road cyclist, MTN biker, and bike commuter. I own 5 bikes (though I’m a little embarrassed to admit that!). Shoot me an email if you want to go for a ride sometime!

Thanks so much, Fred and Megan – we’re so happy to welcome you to the OneJustice team!

We can’t go back and prevent the violence

But we can help them put their lives back together.

We won’t save everyone.  But that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t try.

One year ago, Kelsey Williams opened up a brand-new legal clinic in Los Angeles.  Working closely with O’Melveny & Myers LLP and Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, as well as a group of dedicated legal services nonprofits, she launched the “IMPACT LA” project to offer a free, monthly legal clinic for domestic violence survivors, held at the Jenessee Center (a domestic violence intervention nonprofit) and staffed 100% by pro bono volunteers.  October is Domestic Violence Awareness month, and so we asked Kelsey to share her experience starting and running this new project that provides free assistance to survivors facing pressing legal problems relating to immigration, public benefits, and housing.

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Guest Blogger: Kelsey Williams, Loyola Law School Post-Graduate Public Interest Law Fellow at OneJustice

I have a confession.

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Kelsey Williams, Loyola Law School Post-Graduate Public Interest Law Fellow at OneJustice

I was more than a little scared to run the IMPACT LA project. “Terrified” might be a better word. Developing any new program is intimidating, but the domestic violence focus raised the stakes even higher. I worried I wouldn’t do it justice. The learning curve was steep; I wanted the first clinic to be perfect, a seamless experience for our survivors and volunteers. I had to learn quickly and lean on our amazing partner, Jenesse Center.

In the first year of my fellowship, I’ve learned a lot of lessons: to be constantly improving is better than being perfect, and that each day brings another lesson to be learned. One day can be heartbreaking and the next, life affirming. Some lessons come easy –you can never have too many notepads; others, definitely less so– a project like IMPACT LA does not and should not get easier.

The first lesson came not in the office or at the clinic but outside of work. It’s the part of my job I was least prepared for, equivocally. It was the stories.

Lesson one: make no assumptions.

Nothing could prepare me for the most common reaction I get when I explain my work to someone – it’s a story. Maybe it’s about a friend or family member. Usually, it is about the person to whom I’m speaking. And they all start the same way, “you wouldn’t know it from looking at me, but – here’s my story. I’m a survivor.”

“One day can be heartbreaking and the next, life affirming.”

And in the beginning, they were always right. I never would have suspected them to be a survivor of domestic violence. While there is no one type of survivor, I simply didn’t realize just how many people in my personal, professional, and daily life had been impacted by violence in the home.

Of course, just based on the numbers, it’s inevitable that I know someone who has been personally impacted by domestic violence. But statistics are hard to translate into the faces of the people you see everyday. You know them too. Maybe they haven’t shared with you, but they are there. Learning that domestic violence lives among all of us made it more difficult to learn the next lesson.

Lesson two: if you do this work, you won’t save everyone. I can’t, you can’t, but that doesn’t mean we should not try.

The men and women we work with feel the impact of domestic violence long after any physical assault ends. They come to IMPACT LA because they are living with the consequences of abuse.

We worked this year with a woman who left a violent situation more than five years ago who is still untangling legal repercussions and working every day to get things back on track. To restore the future her family should have had until abuse entered their lives. We can’t go back and prevent what happened to her family. But we can try to help her now.

The majority of individuals come in to untangle the legal repercussions of the abuse they have endured. Removed from the violence they are able to regain control of their lives with the help of our volunteers and partners. But, sometimes it’s not enough.

I know now that I can’t save everyone. What I can do is carry the memory of their stories and experiences with me. I hold them in my heart as a reminder and a guide for the hard days.

The more I learn about the reality and prevalence of domestic violence, the more optimistic I become. Our world need not be full of future victims and survivors of domestic violence. IMPACT LA and great projects like Jenesse’s Youth Conversations are trying to bring an end to domestic abuse through education and awareness.

Two IMPACT LA volunteers who staffed the free clinic at the Jenesse Center on Valentine’s Day 2014.

I’m so grateful to all of these survivors who have opened their hearts to me and the strong individuals working with me to end domestic violence. The work that we do with the Jenesse Center at IMPACT LA is important. And we couldn’t do it without our supporters, volunteers, partners, and brave survivors.

Working together, we can save and rebuild lives.

If you or someone you know needs help – please reach out. You can contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-7233.

 

Our most heartfelt gratitude to the amazing staff at the Jenessee Center, our legal services partners, Bet Tzedek Legal ServicesCentral American Resource CenterInner City Law CenterLegal Aid Foundation of Los AngelesLevitt & Quinn Family Law CenterNeighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County, and Public Counsel Law Center, and all the dedicated volunteers from, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLPJones DayKilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLPLatham & Watkins LLPManatt, Phelps & Phillips LLPMorgan, Lewis & Bockius LLPMorrison & Foerster LLPNixon Peabody LLPO’Melveny & Myers LLPOrrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLPSimpson Thacher & Bartlett LLPToyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc.White & Case LLP, and Winston & Strawn LLP.

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IMPACT LA is part of the national IMPACT (Involving More Pro bono Attorneys in our Community Together) project of the Association of Pro Bono Counsel (APBCo), which is a series of new collaborations across the country to expand national law firm efforts to increase access to justice.  OneJustice is honored and thrilled to be working together with APBCo on the IMPACT LA Project.

Update: Public & Private Solutions to Providing Legal Aid for Unaccompanied Minors

OneJustice Team:

Wonderful update from Steve Grumm at the ABA on the status of funding efforts and the creation of private/nonprofit partnerships to bring legal assistance to unaccompanied minors. Thank you, Steve!

Originally posted on ABA access to justice blog:

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In early August “U.S. Vice President Joe Biden made an impassioned plea to U.S. law firms…to free up attorneys to help deal with the surge of Central American children who have entered the country illegally by providing more pro bono representation…  Biden urged lawyers to step up and help deal with a backlog of court cases.”  (Reuters)

Since then, government (on all levels), law firms, and other private-sector actors are reacting to the glut of unaccompanied minors who are being processed through the U.S.’s byzantine immigration system without legal counsel.  Here’s the underlying problem as reported by the Press Democrat:

Border patrol agents picked up more than 66,000 unaccompanied children, most of them from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, along the southern U.S. border between Oct. 1, 2013, and the end of last month. They were turned over to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services…

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What’s Happening with LSC Funding During the Congressional Recess?

OneJustice Team:

A great update from the ABA Governmental Affairs Office on the status of federal funding for legal services!

Originally posted on ABA access to justice blog:

An update from Ann Carmichael of the ABA Governmental Affairs Office:

Congress has now passed a continuing resolution that will keep the government funded at current levels through December 11.  We anticipate that the President will sign the CR into law.  In this event LSC will continue to receive its current $365 million level of funding.  Once the Members return after the November elections, they will have to keep the government funded past December 11 (this is most likely going to be another continuing resolution, but amounts and length of the CR are undetermined and difficult to forecast at this point).

The ABA Governmental Affairs Office will closely track developments.

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Hey AmeriCorps – happy birthday!

10 years ago we joined a very special family

We didn’t know it, but 10 years ago, we started what would become a decade-long collaboration with Equal Justice Works.  In the fall of 2004, we welcomed our very first Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellow as part of the newly-created Pro Bono Legal Corps – engaging law students in giving back to their communities.

Now, just 10 years later, we have housed 36 Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Fellows!  Fellows working at OneJustice during this time founded the Justice Bus Project, worked to expand the Justice Bus into Southern California, and have forged innovative delivery systems like virtual pro bono clinics and more.  In recent years, we have also had the great honor of placing Fellows at other legal services organizations, where they have provided life-changing legal help to persons with disabilities, consumers facing scams and debt, and most recently to veterans facing pressing legal problems.  You can check out the timeline of 10 years of amazing Fellows below.

And now, we are thrilled to be part of the national celebration at AmeriCorps turns 20 years old!

So, on this special occasion, a most heartfelt “thank you!” to the 36 talented attorneys who launched their careers as Fellows and to the 10 legal services organizations who have housed and supported so many Fellows.  We are so grateful for 10 years of partnership with Equal Justice Works and their outstanding staff, and we are deeply honored to be part of the national AmeriCorps family as this vitally important national program turns 20.

Happy Birthday AmeriCorps!  And let’s raise a glass to many, many more years of getting things done!

 

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Q: Where Can You Find a Ballet Dancer and Martial Arts Enthusiast?

A: On the Justice Bus, of course!

A Huge Welcome to Our DreamSF Fellows!

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Talissa and Jesus on the Justice Bus with a team of volunteers

We are so honored to have been selected as the host organization for two amazing and talented DreamSF Fellows.

The DreamSF Fellowship is an opportunity for DACA-approved youth to serve San Francisco’s immigrant communities while gaining valuable professional experience and training. DreamSF Fellows commit to working 20 hours per week on a project-based fellowship with an immigrant-serving nonprofit organization (like OneJustice), and receive a stipend, leadership training, mentorship, and training in technology, public policy, civic participation, and nonprofit administration.

Please join us in extending a warm welcome to our very own DreamSF Fellows, Talissa Carrasco and Jesus Castro.

We’re pretty nosy here, so we forced them to sit down and answer a series of questions.  Now, we can all get to know them a little better!

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Talissa, tell us what drew you to the work of OneJustice?

I was interested in OneJustice’s unique role in supporting a large network of legal nonprofits to create mutual benefits for both nonprofit legal organizations and Californians who need legal help. It is fascinating to see the collaborative efforts of many stakeholders in bringing positive social change.

And what are your primary responsibilities at OneJustice – and what do you hope to achieve?

Currently, I am helping the OneJustice team with outreach for Justice Bus trips and other Rural Justice Clinics. We (Jesus and I) are also working on creating a comprehensive outreach database that will serve as an access tool for the OneJustice team where they can search by county, name of the organization or name of a personal contact.

I really enjoy outreach, because it allows me to engage with different organizations in the counties OneJustice will be serving. It helps spread the word about the free legal clinics we offer, and I always talk to folks who are so thankful for the services and clinics OneJustice offers.

What did you do before coming to OneJustice?

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Talissa working  out of OneJustice’s SF office

This is actually my first time working at a nonprofit organization and I absolutely love it. Most of my professional experience has been in the restaurant industry, which has helped me pay for my college tuition. What made me want to fight for social justice started from my work at City College of San Francisco where I became very involved with the undocumented student club called SAFE (Students Advocating for Equity).

Through SAFE, I found a new family – made of a group of students who came to US very young with dreams of finding a better life. We created a “safe” haven for students like us who were afraid to speak about their status. We have gone to marches to stop deportations of immigrants, held fundraisers for our resource center, and even held workshops for undocumented immigrants about knowing their rights if ever approached or stopped by ICE.

And tell us something quirky about you!

I used to be a ballet dancer from the age of 5 until about 16. I stopped dancing, because the cost became too expensive for my family. But every year, I go watch the San Francisco Ballet perform “The Nutcracker” in December.

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And Jesus, could you tell us why you chose to do your Fellowship at OneJustice?

Jesus at this year’s Opening Doors to Justice event

Being part of the DreamSF Fellows program is truly an honor. The DreamSF program gave me the opportunity to put my professional skills, interpersonal skills, and most importantly, my work permit to use. I now see the benefits of being a DACA recipient. When I first walked in the OneJustice Office, the first thing that caught my attention was the energy that Mike Winn, the Senior Staff Attorney, brought to the table.  This was the first plus. Later, Renee Schomp (Equal Justice Works AmeriCorps Legal Fellow) began talking about all the Justice Bus trips that we would be participating in to help bridge the gap for the rural areas that can’t access legal services. That was when I made up my mind and knew I wanted to be part of the OneJustice team.

Tell us a little more about your work at OneJustice and your big picture goals for your time in the Fellowship. 

My work at OneJustice has mainly been focused on outreach for Justice Bus trips as well as my actual participation at the Justice Bus mobile legal clinics. I do have to say that the best part about the Justice Bus trips is seeing the faces of the clients that we have helped. The clients always leave very thankful and with a smile on their faces.

What did you do before coming to OneJustice?

Before being a part of the OneJustice team, I was part of the San Francisco OCEIA (The Office of Civic Engagement and Immigrant Affairs) team. The experience that I got from OCEIA definitely helped me with the work that I do at OneJustice. The work varies from having to work on an excel spreadsheet or a Google form, to then getting the chance to work one-on-one with a client in order to ensure they get the help that they need.

And what else should the OneJustice network know about you?

Something that most people don’t know is that I practice Mixed Martial Arts. It gives me a rush and keeps me active.

Thank you so much, DreamSF Fellows  – and a very warm welcome to the OneJustice team!

 

Hungry for justice?

Just 4 more days to drink and dine for rural justiceCredo cocktail 2014

As Credo Restaurant gives back 

For the next four days, you can indulge – without guilt.

Well, okay.  Maybe not without guilt . . . but at least while also feeling great. Because for every cocktail and appetizer you order, you’ll be bringing life-changing legal help to rural communities.

That’s right!  For just four more days – through the end of July – every time  you order a OneJustice appetizer or cocktail at Credo Restaurant in downtown San Francisco, they will donate $2 to OneJustice’s Rural Justice Initiative.  So we know you will enjoy the:

  • OneJustice cocktail – the “Kentucky Buck” – Strawberry Infused Bourbon, Lemon juice, Simple Syrup and Ginger Beer
  • OneJustice appetizer – Oven Roasted Mussels with Spicy Tomato-Shrimp Brodo and Ciabatta Toast

Credo Appetizer 2014At Credo, community involvement is not a peripheral action; it’s a central element of their business model. They actively seek to reinvest in their community through direct action, charitable giving and long-term partnerships with organizations whose goals and aspirations they share.

With the “Credo Community Partners” program, they reach out to groups they believe in, organizations that have matched the strength of their convictions with energy and action. Each month, Credo highlights a specific issue that they care about – and in July 2014, they chose the issue of Rural Justice – and OneJustice as the beneficiary of this terrific program.

(And you can find out even more about Credo‘s steadfast support for OneJustice through our January 2014 interview with Sales Manager Jason Eriksen posted on this blog here).

So take advantage of this absolute permission to indulge – and feel justified while doing it!  (At least for four more days . . . )  Don’t miss out!

Credo

 

 

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You are my hero.

Really, there just aren’t any other words for what you did.

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Ok, so I understand that might seem a little over the top.  Or even silly.  But here’s the thing – I think what you did was exceptional.

We know that there are millions of poor Californians living in rural areas who are facing pressing legal problems – all alone.  Why?  Because there are no attorneys in their communities to help. So they suffer – needlessly – from solvable legal problems.

And you all are changing that.  In my book, that makes you all heroes – justice heroes!

You see, last Thursday night, the OneJustice network raised over $335,000 for rural justice projects.

That just takes my breath away!

Generous law firms, corporations, law schools, and others donated over $195,000 in sponsorships for the event – bringing life-changing legal help to rural veterans, seniors and families.

And a group of over 125 amazing individuals ensured that the OneJustice network raised $60,000 for the Rural Justice Challenge. And because you achieved that goal, the law firm Cooley LLP provided a $65,000 matching donation.  Folks who participated in our live and silent auctions contributed over $20,000.  Working together, these justice heroes raised over $140,000 for those in need.

And my personal promise to all of you is that these donations will support 75 mobile legal clinics reaching at least 1,000 rural Californians. Your support will bring teams of volunteers to serve these communities and will supply hours of free legal help for those facing legal barriers to basic necessities.

So you see, I’m pretty sure that makes everyone involved a hero!  I believe that the individuals involved in the OneJustice network are pretty special, and my heart is full to overflowing with gratitude.  I wish I could thank each and every one of you in-person.

Thank you all so much for your generosity.  Your dedication to rural justice, pro bono, and legal services for those in need was palpable throughout the evening.  You can see it in all the photos from the event below!

I look forward very much to keeping you all posted – on this blog and elsewhere – on our progress as we implement the rural justice clinics made possible by the OneJustice network’s commitment, passion, and support.  Thank you all, from the bottom of my heart.

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We’ve got just two words for you . . .

Rural. Justice.

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Q: What is a Rural Justice Challenge?

A: A time-limited opportunity to double your donation and bring more legal services to over 1,000 rural Californians.

Rural Californians face terrible legal barriers to basic necessities – all alone. Why? Because there are simply not enough attorneys in their communities to help them. So they suffer – needlessly – from solvable legal problems.

You can bring them the legal help they need! Your support brings attorney volunteers right to these communities.

photo 4 (5)The law firm Cooley LLP has made an amazing gift commitment to bring more mobile legal clinics to rural communities.  They have challenged the OneJustice network to raise $60,000 at our Opening Doors to Justice event tomorrow night – and they will match every single donation, dollar-for-dollar, up to $60,000.

If you donate today – right now – Cooley will double your donation.  Can’t attend tomorrow night’s event?  We’ll miss you – and you can still be part of this challenge! Cooley will count all donations through our secure online site at www.one-justice.org/RuralChallenge.

Right now, millions of rural Californians are suffering – needlessly – from simple and solvable legal problems. They face legal barriers to basic necessities – like a home, medical care, freedom from violence, and even food and clean water. All because there are simply no lawyers in their community to help them. And yet the solution is so easy – often it just takes one hour of legal advice to right these wrongs and solve their problems.

You can change this!

photo 3 (3)You can bring life-changing legal help to those who are suffering. Your kind gift brings teams of volunteer attorneys to help these rural communities. Each donation means hours of free legal help for those facing pressing legal problems.

Because of you, a veteran will access medical care.

A child with disabilities will get the speech therapy she needs but is currently denied.

You can keep a family safe from their abuser and help a senior stay in her home.

Working together, we can make sure that every single rural veteran, senior, family and child has the legal help they need to end needless suffering from solvable legal problems.

Your generous contribution means so much! Thank you!

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